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Causes: Adult & Child Matching Programs, Children & Youth, Domestic Violence, Family Violence Shelters, Foster Care, Homeless & Housing

Mission: Voices for Children transforms the lives of abused children in San Diego County by providing them with volunteer Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASAs). We believe that every child deserves a safe and permanent home, and to that end, will review and monitor every court file in the system, provide a CASA to every child in the foster care system who needs one, and advocate to improve the lives of San Diego County’s foster children.*Recently, Voices for Children’s Board of Directors approved a contract to provide CASA services to Riverside County in response to a request from its Superior Court. In addition, Voices for Children increases awareness about the foster care system, and advocates for legal policies and practices that enhance the quality of life for foster children.

Target demographics: Children age 0 to 21 who are living in foster care.

Direct beneficiaries per year: In fiscal year 2013-2014, Voices for Children served 2,025 children with advocacy services.

Geographic areas served: San Diego County

Programs: For 35 years, VFC’s CASA Program has provided San Diego County’s foster children with compassionate CASA volunteers. Recruited, trained, and closely supervised by VFC’s highly professional staff, these several hundred CASAs provide "the system,” especially Juvenile Dependency Court, with additional help to ensure that foster children receive the attention they need. CASAs get to know the “whole” child, advocating for their case children in the classroom, in Court, and throughout the community. They work closely with VFC staff to prepare regular reports to the judges, providing critical details, background, and recommendations about the child’s needs. CASAs additionally ensure appropriate medical and educational services, attend school and team meetings, spend time with the child, and more. Perhaps most vitally, they act as role models and caring adults, providing their case children with the consistency and stability that will help them thrive in life.

Community Stories

3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters



Rating: 2

Management that runs volunteer CASA program structured to the point of myopia. If you fit their predetermined profile you will do fine. I went through their series of orientation training (30 hours!), background checks, etc but I felt the management saw me as a detriment to their enterprise. I'm outgoing, hard working, and run projects for kids as career. The main trainer was condescending in her demeanor. Maybe I asked too many questions about process but it was clear they didn't want my help. Too bad as there are too many kids in system that need help and advocates.



Rating: 5

I am a volunteer for Voices and it is fantastic. They are highly organized, communication is great and I am paired with a supervisor who is there to support me at every step of the way should I need it. The work we do is very important and the training is very comprehensive. I would highly recommend this organization to others who wish to be involved with the local community or who wish to donate their money/resources.


General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Having taken the time to go to one of the program's orientations, I found it to be very necessary. As I listened, I realized that this program is probably the best friend a child in the fostercare program could hope for. As a child of a very disfunctional family, I was placed into the fostercare program on a couple of occassions and for the most part it was probably the best thing that could have happened to me and my siblings. I know how scary going into fostercare is and I wish that more states would follow this program's lead for the benefit of the children. I also feel that this program gives the child a sense of importance and personal value. Although young children may not understand the dynamics of the program, they are better off having a voice there to speak for them and having a voice means fewer kids are falling through the cracks. I feel that when someone is looking out for these kids, the likelyhood of them failing to grow up and become productive members of society is less than if they had no voice at all. I feel that anyone who values our kids and wants them to grow up happy and strong, should do their part to ensure this. Our fostercare programs in this country are doing their best with what little money is available through government funding and so having charitable support can in most cases make a very positive difference. Even if you cannot contribute monetarily, think about giving time. Money is only half of this program's needs, the other half is the need for people who have the time to help. So if your looking for a great charity to give to finacially, this is one of the best. If you have time to spare, this charity needs you. There is nothing in my opinion more gratifying than helping a child. I hope that many of you reading this feel the same as I do.

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